Mumbai, Dec 21 (UNI) The Bombay Custom House Agents' Association (BCHAA) released a coffee table book ''Mukadum'' on the occasion of its Sapphire Jubilee celebration.
The book was released yesterday by Mumbai Port Trust Chairperson Rani Jadhav in the presence of member of Central Board of Excise and Customs, P C Jha and BCHAA President R Radhakrishnan.
The book unfolds the past and the development of the cargo clearing trade from mid-19th century to the present day. It is a link from the present to the past, when clearing agents were referred to as 'Mukadums'.
Addressing the audience, Mr Radhakrishnan talked about the title of the book and how its meaning has been reinvented as 'Silent Power' because 'Muka' means silent and 'Dum' means power in colloquial language.
Complete with rare archival images, ''Mukadum'' captures everything from cargo movement to logistics. It vividly describes details and trivia about the early days at docks, changes in cargo transport systems and clearing processes, commissioning of new ports and cargo complexes, people who made a difference, international recognition and lot more.
Grouped in seven chapters, the book takes the reader through the seven decades of the Association. It includes the vision shared by 14 BCHAA Presidents, the programs initiated by BCHAA to help professionals adapt to the new government policies, milestones it has reached, and the way it helped the industry match the international standards in cargo clearing and helped the country gain valuable trade revenue.